Des Moines post office workers will protest cutbacks this week

Des Moines downtown post office, 1165 Second Avenue

By Kevin Hardy – November 6, 2017

Postal workers in Des Moines will protest ongoing cuts to the agency this week.

Local employees of the United States Postal Service will join a series of national protests as they picket outside the downtown post office, 1165 Second Avenue, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Union officials say management has already eliminated 36 of approximately 300 jobs at the main Des Moines post office with plans to cut another 34 jobs —a total reduction of more than 20 percent.

“When we see poor service or delayed service, that’s when our members really get upset,” Mike Bates, president of Des Moines Area APWU Local 44, said in a news release. “Nationwide, postal management is cutting jobs and realigning the workforce, which is causing disruptions to workers’ lives.”

His statement continued: “Despite these cuts, management wants to hire 250 temporary workers for the holiday season to deliver holiday mail on time, but our goal is first class service 24/7, 365 days a year. Postal workers dedicate their lives to serving the American public.”

USPS Spokeswoman Stacy St. John told the Des Moines Register that “we are not talking about layoffs.”

She said the postal service is self-funded and pays for its operations through the sale of its products and services.

“We are a responsible employer that prudently matches our workforce to an evolving workload and adjusts staffing continuously,” she said. “This year to date, despite growth in the package segment of our business, overall volume has declined by over 3 billion pieces. That changes our revenue and our work, and we are therefore adjusting employee staffing and scheduling.”

St. John said the post office is realigning work hours, locations and job titles as allowed within collective bargaining agreements. Still, she said the organization is “committed to providing first-class service” in Des Moines and across the country.

Source: Des Moines Register

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  1. Union and NAME of Local/Branch
    APWU - Rochester, NY Local #215
    Just one day in the life of the U.S. Postal Service… by the numbers

    Each day, the Postal Service picks up, processes and delivers millions of letters and packages. No single operation in the world comes close to this level of connectivity to so many households and businesses. Here’s just one day in the life of the U.S. Postal Service. (Figures are averages.)

    • 235.2 million — revenue received in dollars
    • 160.2 million — dollars paid to postal employees in salaries and benefits
    • 506.4 million — number of mailpieces processed and delivered each day
    • 21.1 million — average number of mailpieces processed each hour
    • 351,656 — average number of mailpieces processed each minute
    • 5,861 — average number of mailpieces processed each second
    • 200.4 million — pieces of First-Class Mail processed and delivered
    • 7,131 — number of letter carriers who deliver mail entirely on foot — The USPS Fleet of Feet
    • 54,490 — number of address changes processed
    • 3,748 — number of addresses added to our delivery network
    • 4.6 million — number of people who visit
    • 2.7 million — dollar amount of online stamp and retail sales at
    • 1.5 million — number of Click-N-Ship labels printed
    • 297,004 — number of money orders issued
    • 0 — tax dollars received for operating the Postal Service

    IN 2009 the USPS delivered about 160 billion pieces of mail. in 2015 the USPS delivered about 167 billion pieces of mail. MANAGEMENT LIES!

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